Imperial Mark VII Camera in Blue

6"x4" oil on masonite panel While I no longer practice the daily painting regime (completing one painting a day), I find it hard to stay away from painting these little 4x6 devils. They seem to fill a need of mine to be constantly painting, even when there is a gap of time between larger paintings. Or, they at least help to assuage the feeling that I must fill those empty spaces in my life; an issue I still profusely refuse to seek therapy for (cookies usually work really well, too). These mini paintings are also great for aiding my on-going and seemingly never-ending color experimentation—lending ample opportunities for me to cuss and spit at my villainous palette.  

Posted November 19, 2015

Ansco Craftsman Box Camera

16"x12" oil on canvas This is one of many—and I mean many—box cameras that call my studio home. I took a picture of all of them in my studio, but it is a little embarrassing. Hence, I only sent it to my email subscribers. My legal counsel advises that proof of insanity should not be (willingly) put out into the public sphere. (And I promised The Spousal Unit to try, try to stop embarrassing myself in public.)

Posted November 11, 2015

Airline Radio

8"x12" oil on canvas panel This piece is part of a loosely affiliated trio of paintings (see inset photo) that I purposely used a similar color palette on. I really do not know why I controlled my palette like that. All I know is that I was itching to paint the subjects, who had been idly sitting in the studio taking up space without helping pay for their keep. Yes, I demand that all the... stuff (The Spousal Unit uses a different term for the items that make up the avalanche-waiting-to-happen in my studio) crammed into my studio pay for their existence in said space.

Posted November 4, 2015

Converse Hi-Top Blue

8"x10" oil on canvas Anybody who has suffered me talking about my Converse shoe paintings has had to put up with my rant about how the were just $9 gym shoes for me, came in only black or white, and how the heck did they get so expensive(?). For all of those unfortunate souls—I apologize for the rant. (But really! How did a canvas shoe with what is basically a cheap tire tread for a sole become so dang expensive?) Here's the sad thing: I still like them and have several pairs. I even have a plaid pair. That might just qualify as a sickness. Besides the optical explosion this little painting packs, another notable aspect is that it is one of my smallest paintings produced using knives instead of a brush. I always advise not running your hand over my knife paintings. The texture might just cut you (and you might break something off).

Posted October 28, 2015

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The Great White Hut

20"x30" oil on canvas Unlike many of my other pieces that represent a distinct location, a lot of people at The Beverly Hills Art Show correctly guessed where this hamburger stand is: Glendale, CA. They were not so pleased when my big mouth revealed that, even though the place has been operating since my childhood, I never ate there. My family ate at the deli down the street. The deli that taught me that a pastrami sandwich that is not hot, on good rye, and at least 3-1/2" to 4" tall is not a pastrami sandwich at all. I don't know what it is, all I know is that it does not qualify as a good deli sandwich unless it seriously threatens to choke you to death while you are trying to get into your mouth. That deli also taught me the waitress that occasionally abuses you with her sharp banter is often the best waitress. Any waitress that notices you are under the weather before you even sit down and automatically shoves a bowl of kreplach soup in front of you—before you have even ordered—implying without saying, "Shut up and eat this," is a goddess. By the way, no way would you risk her wrath by not eating that soup. Sorry, I wandered a bit there. 
The Beverly Hills Art Show
If you want to see artists freak out, just mention rain before an outdoor show. Despite the hourly changing threats of rain by the obviously inebriated weather forecasters, we had great weather both days. So... The weather was great, the friends wonderful and the sales good. Hey, any show that's blessed with the presence of The Spousal Unit, the rangers not tasering me, and me not scaring small children (too much) is a good show. This show, happily, qualified.
Posted October 21, 2015


6"x4" oil on masonite panel I just got back from setting up for the Beverly Hills Art Show and I think I left my brain there—I cannot think of anything to type. Not wanting to disappoint, I looked up an invaluable quote for you from The Handbook for the Representational Artist, 133th Abridged Edition as translated from its original Albanian. "If you wish to land a solid punch whilst modeling a subject, whether it be a gourd or a human face, may we suggest landing it at the transition from light to shadow (see inset Diagram A). Now this may not be to your taste and if you are a direct painter, it may seem a bit of a challenge, but it is a great place to throw that knock out punch of zingy vibrant color." Okay, I do not understand the value of using pugilistic terminology when talking about painting and I am not 100% sure as to what qualifies as a "zingy vibrant color," or exactly what "oomph" is (see inset Diagram A), but there you go; solid advice from an extremely dubious source. Don't forget, the Beverly Hills Art Show is this weekend (details below). If you are on this side of the planet, drop by and say hello. 
The Beverly Hills Art Show
I will be showing my wares in space #140, that's in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. Saturday & Sunday, October 17th & 18th / 10am to 5pm both days. If you are going to be on this side of the world, drop by and see my latest work.
Posted October 16, 2015

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Raymond in Beverly Hills


The Beverly Hills Art Show
October 17th & 18th 
10 am to 5 pm both days
I am in space #140 in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Drives. Come, check it out.
For more detailed information about the show (e.g., maps, times, parking, food, etc.), visit the City of Beverly Hills website at

Old Nipomo Barn

4"x6" oil on masonite panel You see, every now and then I still get the hankering to paint a barn. I actually stalked this barn for a few years. Being stationary, it may seem an easy target to stalk, but it is on one of those pieces of property that screams—even without signs or with its quiet, scary absence of humans—trespassers will get a load of birdshot in their rear. Or, as my late father would tell me, rock salt in the buttocks right when you jumped the fence. Why wait until your derriere was at the top of the fence? Because, while the property owner wanted to teach you a lesson that stung as it dissolved under your skin, he didn't want you crying on his side of the fence. Just one of the many warm and fuzzy stories told to me in my youth as yet another fine example of the good old days(?). To state the obvious: This particular barn had to be dealt with at a distance. 
The Beverly Hills Art Show
I will be showing my wares in space #140, that's in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. Saturday & Sunday, October 17th & 18th / 10am to 5pm both days. If you are going to be on this side of the world, drop by and see my latest work.
Posted October 8, 2015

Low Chuck Red

24"x36" oil on canvas I recently received an inquiry about this painting from someone who saw it at the last Beverly Hills Art Show. It was a timely communique because it reminded me of two things: 1) I have not shown this piece to you before, and 2) To tell you that the Beverly Hills Art Show is coming up (see below for more info). With the piece measuring 24"x36," this is the largest shoe I have ever painted. It is also a pretty good example of my color work, not all of which shows up here due to the fact my camera hates me. Except for the dark background, there is hardly an inch of the piece where a cool color does not abut a warm or where two disparate colors are not sitting side by side snarking at each other. Residing in the canvas of that single shoe are warm reds, cool reds, blues, yellows, greens, and the ever popular "whatever" color. (I believe art books refer to that last color as "Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink.") I hope you enjoy my heckuvah big shoe and I also hope to see you in person at the show (that is if you happen to be on this side of the planet).

Posted October 6, 2015

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The Beverly Hills Art Show

I will be in space #140, in the first park between Rodeo and Beverly Boulevards. Saturday & Sunday, October 17th & 18th / 10am to 5pm both days. If you are going to be on this side of the world, drop by and see me.

Jolly Rancher Candy

4"x6" oil on masonite panel I do not know the flavor of this Jolly Rancher, it was not in my possession long enough to commit it to memory. You see, I was forced to steal this piece of candy from my own offspring. Yes, forced. In an attempt to help organize my disaster zone of a studio, The Spousal Unit took it upon Herself to collect all of my "painting" candy into one container. I admit, the subjects-in-waiting were somewhat strewn all over the place. She chose a plain brown paper bag as the vessel and She even wrote "Art Candy" on it. Not only did I not know that The Goddess did this wonderful thing, I also didn't know that—for some unknown reason—She took the bag into the house. The time came for me, as it eventually does, to paint a piece of candy. Not finding any in my studio, I may have panicked a bit. Now on the hunt for candy, I went into the house and immediately noticed that Spawn Number One had just emptied his pockets onto the counter and there it was... the Jolly Rancher. A little diversion (probably something like, "Look, a chicken!") combined with some quick five-finger action and voila... here's a painting of it. It was soon stolen back and I don't blame the little demon. Their translucency makes them a challenge to paint, but Jolly Ranchers sure taste good.

Posted September 24, 2015

Zenith K725 Mid Century Radio

4"x6" oil on masonite panel This is the last of the mid century Zenith tube radio paintings I have for you. That does not mean that I will not paint more. It just means it will be the last for at least a good chunk of time (if ever), and that you have won a well-earned reprieve from my torturing you with them. It looks like I have painted five Zeniths—that might be enough for this artist. (Evidence: See the little Zeniths above.)

Posted September 17, 2015

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AG Hot Rod

4"x6" oil on masonite panel Some things are more challenging (read: hard) to paint than other things. Many cars fall into this somewhat annoying category. There is just so much going on with the beasts and their unique forms, reflections, lines, ovals, etc.—you name it and it's there to drive an artist nuts. Okay, now imagine what I just described and then hacking it, chopping it, and, in some instances, completely removing whole sections of the car exposing the intricate mechanics of the machine. The result is a hot rod, the insane manifestation of someone's love for a vehicle and a penchant for hiding in the garage from their family. Even when I was a wee sprout, I preferred returning cars to their stock, intended forms and like new(ish) condition. This makes me a "stock" kind of guy. But over the years I have developed an appreciation for hot rods. You cannot meet a hot rod person and not become infected by their love for their car and the process that led to their personalized piece of art. For that is what they are: Art. The above painting was a heckuva challenge and that is probably why I did it. That and insanity.

Posted September 11, 2015

My Sogard Hand Drill

32"x16" oil on canvas I love this drill! It's in great shape, has great balance, great colors, and you can store your bits in the handle! I mean... how cool is that? You see that thingy on the top of the handle? It unscrews revealing a secret compartment. Actually, it's not so secret, it was not uncommon for these drills to have a storage compartment in the handle, but I still thinks it's cool. Yes, I have an unhealthy love of (good) tools. It's a disease I like having AND it requires no penicillin. This piece creeps up on being almost 3 feet tall and is in a 2-to-1 ratio, which is somewhat unusual for me. I might do more in this format, but honestly, it has less to do with what I want, than it does with what the piece calls for. As the Great Mongo once said, "Mongo only pawn... in game of life." Me too, buddy, me too.

Posted September 8, 2015

Kodak Instamatic X-15 Camera

4"x6" oil on masonite panel I have often been asked how I do what I do, mainly by students. It's a vague question, but sometimes the queries are specific to my color and/or brush/knife work. Flummoxed, I may reply, "How does one teach insanity." (I know, I know, it's a cop out. But seriously, how do you teach it?) Not knowing what to say, I sometimes proffer this nugget: Stop asking your mother what she thinks of your art. While the artist usually thinks that their mother's response of "nice" is a trite critique of their creative genius and feels hurt that she doesn't take their art seriously, I view it as sheer and utter rudeness to the mother. Do not put the women, who unconditionally loves you—if you are lucky—on the spot like that. What the heck do you expect her to say? While you're looking for words like "deep understanding," "complex color work," or "contextual juxtaposition" she'll deflect with "nice." What do you expect? You've cornered a person who has no idea what you are trying to achieve and truly, truly does not want to hurt our feelings. Unless she teaches the subject or worked on the piece with you, don't ask. Instead, show some love and respect. Ask her about her day. Patiently listen to her complain about her uncooperative computer and for goodness' sake, please try to find a tactful and loving way to suggest she back off on the Diet Coke. This applies to all the creative fields by the way. If you are an art director and you ask your mother what she thinks of your ads, you should be flogged, too. Anyway... to sum up... Don't be rude to your mother!

Posted September 3, 2015

.38 Snubnose

4"x6" oil on masonite panel Many moons ago, in one of my previous lives in New York City, I stopped to talk to a sidewalk t-shirt vendor. I wasn't looking for a t-shirt, I just had a habit back then of stopping and talking to the sidewalk vendors. (Hey, in a city where you could encounter a guy on the sidewalk selling fine Italian silk ties for $2, the vendors usually had something interesting to say.) Anyway, the t-shirt guy had a shirt with a black and white image of a .38 pistol, like the one you see here, along with the elegantly typeset words: "New York City / STANDARD EQUIPMENT." Another shirt in the antagonistically proud series had an image of an 11 inch cockroach with: "New York City / ACTUAL SIZE." Now, that is civic pride! As indicated above, I do commissions. If you are interested, just contact me and we'll talk.

Posted September 1, 2015

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